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Digital health technology: factors affecting implementation in nursing homes.

Curtis, K. and Brooks, S., 2020. Digital health technology: factors affecting implementation in nursing homes. Nursing Older People, 32 (2), 14 - 21.

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DOI: 10.7748/nop.2020.e1236

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Digital health technology (DHT), which includes digital algorithms and digital records, is transforming the way healthcare services are delivered. In nursing homes, DHT can enhance communication and improve the identification of residents' health risks, but its implementation has so far been inconsistent. Therefore, the LAUNCH (Leadership of digitAl health technology Uptake among Nurses in Care Homes) study was undertaken to identify factors that may affect DHT implementation in these settings. AIM: To identify the factors that enable nurses to implement DHT in nursing homes and to co-design a nurse-led stepped process supporting the effective implementation of DHT innovations in nursing homes. METHOD: An appreciative inquiry methodology was used. A total of 20 interviews with managers, residents and relatives, and nurses from five nursing homes in England were undertaken. The interview questions focused on their understanding of DHT, their experiences of it, and its potential benefits in nursing homes. Data from the interviews were thematically analysed and the emerging themes were used to inform two co-creation workshops, during which participating nurses discussed a practical, evidence-based process for DHT implementation in nursing homes. FINDINGS: Three broad themes emerged from the interviews: improving communication; engaging with DHT and retaining humanised care; and introducing DHT and protecting data security. The co-creation workshop participants formulated the LAUNCH process model, a nurse-led, stepped approach supporting DHT implementation in nursing homes. CONCLUSION: The LAUNCH study identified factors enabling staff in nursing homes to introduce and sustain DHT innovations. Participating nurses co-created a three-step process for the effective implementation of DHT innovations in nursing homes, which have the potential to release staff time, improve quality of care, and have positive effects on staff recruitment and retention.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1472-0795
Uncontrolled Keywords:care homes ; change management ; information technology ; leadership ; management ; nursing care ; nursing homes ; older people ; professional issues ; technology
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:33844
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:06 Apr 2020 11:14
Last Modified:06 Apr 2020 11:14

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